Corbran's Corner

IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… — why some cars look so much alike

IT’S NOT YOUR IMAGINATION… — why some cars look so much alike by Jim Corbran Over the years we’ve seen clones of cars here in the US which were sold under different nameplates in other countries. For example, many of the final Saturn models, as well as some of the most recent Buick models, were sold in Europe as Opels. And for that matter, many Opel models were sold in G

GOING… GOING… BUT NOT GONE YET — you CAN still buy an actual American sedan

GOING… GOING… BUT NOT GONE YET— you CAN still buy an actual American sedan by Jim Corbran Although it seems like everyone is driving an SUV, crossover, or pickup these days, you can still buy a red-blooded American four-door family sedan.And as we take a look at this week’s subject, the 2018 Dodge Charger, we see that it’s a horse of many colors. Literally. (The m

MAXI ANNOUNCEMENT; MINI NEWS — much ado about not much

MAXI ANNOUNCEMENT; MINI NEWS — much ado about not much by Jim Corbran After spending over 25 years in the graphic arts industry, I’ll admit to being more than a little intrigued by an email from the folks at Mini last week, espousing the virtues of its new logo. This was my reaction:(Silence.)In case you missed it, here’s the new logo (at top of page), which Mini tells us &ldquo

RETURN OF THE RANGER - Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market

RETURN OF THE RANGER Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market by Jim Corbran I guess that sub-title should read “Ford re-enters the smaller pickup market in North America.”Many truck fans are excited that Ford is resurrecting the Ranger pickup here in the U.S., but the truth is they’ve been selling the smaller Ranger pickup — which disappeared from the North American mar

SUPER CARS VS CLARK KENT CARS — part 2

SUPER CARS VS CLARK KENT CARS — part 2 — Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!” by Jim Corbran Continuing our look at cars which I’ll never buy… (And if you’re just joining us, we featured Ford’s new GT a couple of weeks back, so you won’t find it here) Maserati GranTurismo — looks-wise, there really aren’t too many ugl

SUPERCARS VS CLARK KENT CARS — “Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!”

SUPER CARS VS CLARK KENT CARS “Hey, you call yourself a car enthusiast? Hah!” by Jim Corbran Spent some time last week at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum. And while I fully appreciated the beauty of the 2017 Ford GT which has just gone on display, it made me come to a realization about myself.I’m just not a supercar kind of guy. Even if I had the dough.But, I&rsq

RAREST OF THE RARE — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition

RAREST OF THE RARE — 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Edition by Jim Corbran Depending on what kind of a crowd you hang out with, it’s probably safe to say that most of you (me included) aren’t likely to have a chance to come across a new Ford GT in the flesh.Until now.And not only can you see one of just 250 Ford GTs that will be sold world-wide for model year 2017, this is also

THERE’S NO TIRES LIKE SNOW TIRES — in the winter, that is!

THERE’S NO TIRES LIKE SNOW TIRES — in the winter, that is! by Jim Corbran For years — decades even! — right about this time of year I climb on my soapbox and espouse the value of snow tires for those of us living in winter wonderlands like Western New York.I’ve heard all the arguments against, so don’t bother.Don’t tell me that with your front-wheel-dri

50 SHADES OF …GREEN — It not all black & white these days. Or silver

50 SHADES OF… GREEN — It not all black & white these days. Or silver. by Jim Corbran I realize I’m one of the constant complainers about the dearth of car color choices these days. One look in any large public parking lot and you’d think that the only colors offered these days were black, white, and 50 shades of gray or silver.But, that’s not the case at all.Aft

LIKE FLYING FIRST CLASS… IN A CAR — The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom

LIKE FLYING FIRST CLASS… IN A CAR — The 2018 Rolls-Royce Phantom by Jim Corbran Some day you’re gonna be out in the backyard shootin’ at some food, when up through the ground’ll come a bubblin’ crude.The next thing you’ll want to do, after talking to Mr. Drysdale of course, is buy yourself a new car.So with that in mind, this week we look at the latest